Bark beetles = water problems?

CHEYENNE -- Wyoming officials and experts are concerned that the region's bark beetle infestation could lead to flooding or other water supply problems in the state.

On Wednesday, state lawmakers discussed the possibility of funding a study to look at how the many thousands of acres of trees killed by the insects could change forest water yields -- or the amount of water leaving a watershed -- throughout the state.

During their joint meeting with the Wyoming Water Development Commission, members of the interim legislative Select Water Committee informally asked officials to develop a cost estimate for the study.

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